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September 14, 2021, 7:00 PM

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Apple announces iPhone 13 and 13 mini with a similar design to iPhone 12, smaller notch, A15, diagonal dual-camera system, larger battery, and five new colors  —  The rumors were right.  The centerpiece of today's big Apple event is the latest iPhone.  The latest device lands less than a year …
Apple:
Apple's iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will feature a macro photography mode for close-up shots, access to the professional-grade video codec ProRes, and more  —  The most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Apple unveils iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max with ProMotion for 10Hz-120Hz refresh rates, A15, new camera system with 3x optical zoom, and more  —  we expected, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 13 series at its “California Streaming” event today, and they include a pair of more-premium Pro flagships.
Apple:
Apple's A15 is a 5nm SoC with two performance CPU cores and four efficiency cores, a 16-core Neural Engine capable of 15.8 trillion operations/second, and more  —  Featuring a sleek and durable design, an advanced new dual-camera system for improved photos and videos in low light, and introducing Cinematic mode
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple will release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20, with updates to FaceTime, Notifications, and more  —  After a summer full of beta testing, Apple today officially announced that it will release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the public on Monday, September 20.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs: Facebook's own research shows Instagram is harmful to a sizeable percentage of users, especially teen girls, but it has taken few remedial steps  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple refreshes iPad mini with a larger 8.3" display and rounded corners, Touch ID power button, USB-C, 5G, second-gen Pencil support; coming next week for $499  —  No Mini LED, unfortunately  —  Apple has announced its all-new iPad Mini.  It features a new enclosure with narrower bezels and rounded corners.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple refreshes entry-level iPad with A13, 12MP ultrawide front-facing camera, iPadOS 15, 64GB minimum storage; available next week starting at $329  —  The ninth-generation iPad has arrived  —  Apple has just announced the latest version of its most popular tablet: the standard iPad.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
DOJ court documents: three former US intel operatives, who worked as mercenary hackers for the UAE, face charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws  —  The US Department of Justice has fined three former NSA employees who worked as hackers-for-hire for a United Arab Emirates cybersecurity company.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
SEC charges App Annie with securities fraud, accusing it of “engaging in deceptive practices” and misrepresenting its data; App Annie will pay a $10M settlement  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it's charging App Annie, the mobile app data provider …
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
Apple unveils Watch Series 7 in 41mm and 45mm sizes, with five colors, thinner borders, 20% larger displays, and IPX6, starting at $399 this fall  —  The latest Apple Watch is a little bigger, too  —  The Apple Watch Series 7 looks a little different than its predecessors.
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
South Korea fines Google $177M for abusing market dominance, saying it prevented companies like Samsung from developing or using modified versions of Android  —  - Company said to have impeded development of competing software  — Regulator orders change to Google contracts with manufacturers
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Amazon rolls out an OS update with a new UI for Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Oasis, the first refresh since around 2016  —  Refined look and feel coming to most Kindles released since 2015.  —  Amazon's Kindle e-readers get new software updates regularly, and they're mostly of the nondescript …
Source: AmazonMore: iPhone in Canada Blog
Andrew Hayward / Decrypt:
Solana has been suffering a network outage for around 8 hours, which its engineers say is caused by “network exhaustion”; validators can “restart if necessary”  —  Solana, a rival blockchain network to Ethereum and one whose native cryptocurrency has surged in value …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sydney-based Immutable, which develops Ethereum-based tools to monetize NFTs in games, raises $60M  —  A new GamesBeat event is around the corner!  Learn more about what comes next.  —  Immutable has raised $60 million for its platform that uses nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to help monetize games.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon says it is increasing its average US hourly starting wage to $18 and plans to hire 125,000 more warehouse and transportation workers  —  Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has increased its average starting wage in the United States to more than $18 an hour and plans to hire another 125,000 warehouse …
Jack Poulson / American Prospect:
A former AI research scientist at Google details how tech companies and the US government hide their surveillance projects in plain sight  —  Learning about the Pentagon's drone program through FOIA requests and public filings  —  An MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned maritime surveillance drone flies …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast partners with TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TVs under the brand XClass, using Comcast's X1 operating system  —  Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Jakarta-based payments infrastructure startup Xendit raises $150M Series C at a $1B valuation led by Tiger Global, following $64.6M Series B six months ago  —  There's a new entrant in Southeast Asia's growing list of unicorns.  Jakarta-based Xendit, best known for its digital payment infrastructure …

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